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  • Writer's pictureDemet K.

'WONDER MAN' Adds Director Tiffany Johnson and Production Designers Cindy Chao & Michele Yu

Marvel/Disney+ series Wonder Man is a project we know very little about, so let's start with what we know about the series.

Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi & The Legends of the Ten Rings director, serves as a director for Wonder Man, and Andrew Guest is the showrunner. Both Cretton and Guest also serve as the creators of the series. Additionally, James Ponsoldt and Stella Meghie are set to direct some episodes, and Brett Pawlak, who has worked on American Born Chinese with Cretton, is the director of photography.

From left to right: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Lauren Glazier, Demetrius Grosse and Ben Kingsley. © Seye Isikalu, Whitney Hayes, NBCU, Haoyuan Ren

The series will star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Simon Williams aka the titular character Wonder Man, Demetrius Grosse as Eric Williams aka the Grim Reaper, and Lauren Glazier in a TBA role. Ben Kingsley (Shang-Chi & The Legend of the Ten Rings, Iron Man 3) is reportedly reprising his role as Trevor Slattery in Wonder Man as well.

Although filming for Wonder Man began in April 2023, it had to stop due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Back in January, several leaked set pictures and videos indicated that production resumed, and I have heard that they have wrapped filming in March. The release date for the series is still unknown. There is no official announcement or logo for the series. When it comes to Marvel Studios productions, it's typical for plot details and castings to leak, but Wonder Man seems to be an exception to this trend. Little is known about the storyline beyond the fact that Simon Williams is portrayed as an actor and that the Grim Reaper is featured prominently. I also have heard the series would consist of 8 episodes, however, this was pre-strikes and the strikes may have prompted changes, akin to what happened with Daredevil: Born Again.

I have recently uncovered some more information about the series. One crew member has listed the director Tiffany Johnson alongside Destin Daniel Cretton and Stella Meghie. Johnson has directed episode four of Natasha Lyonne's Poker Face and multiple episodes of Dear White People. It seems like Johnson will be directing at least one episode of Wonder Man.

Tiffany Johnson.

Another thing I have uncovered was the production designers for the series. Cindy Chao and Michele Yu serve as the production designers, per a crew member's resume. This is not the first time the Emmy nominated production duo has worked with Destin Daniel Cretton. Both Chao and Yu served as production designers on the Disney+ series American Born Chinese.

Michele Yu and Cindy Chao. ©Lumos PR

I believe it will be a while until we get an official update on Marvel Studiosʼ Wonder Man. The safest bet would be the D23 event this August, and it is very likely we could get a teaser for the series then.

Until then, follow Nexus Point News for further updates.


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